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Mirage® Pro Angler 12

by Hobie Cat Company

Dominate the water, fresh or salt. The Pro Angler 12 deploys all the big-boat fishing features of the ‘PA’ series on a 12-ft. long platform that fits neatly in the back of most any pickup truck.

Keep a half-dozen rods rigged and ready in the four standard horizontal and two molded-in rod holders. Confidently stand and fire cast after cast. The elevated Vantage ST seat makes it easy to move around the boat. Now includes a retractable skeg for improved course-keeping, as well as innovative H-Rail for superior flexibility in accessory rigging.

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Purchased the 2015 competition version end of 2014. Very technical boat, cannot…

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Purchased the 2015 competition version end of 2014. Very technical boat, cannot call it a Kayak. It's solid. Really solid. Its broad beam gives a great sense of stability. Don't be fooled however as I have over-reached and rolled it. It's not really suited to off shore use in rough weather or in the surf or maybe I am just not game. Whatever.

Mine came with the Lowrance 5 Chirp fish finder which is an OK unit, a live bait tank which I have yet to use, stake out pole which is useful for the rivers, drift anchor which is ok,anchor trolley which is invaluable and the tackle boxes which has a great storage set up at your feet.

The most important feature is the Mirage Drive. I had an up market performance version fitted. It's fast. I have had it up to 8kph according to the GPS. And its really effortless at cruising speed. Its greatest advantage is that it leaves your hands free while manoeuvring to cast, un-snare your anchor or just drift and cast under control.
The Vantage seat is also very cool with easy 2 level height adjustment and infinite easily achieved seat and back positioning.

Would I buy this boat again? Maybe. It's very expensive new at around 6k fully kitted with roof racks and other stuff fitted. However there are some great 2nd hand bargains around that I have seen complete with trailers.

Am I sorry I bought it? No way. It's great and I love every minute I am in it. It more than just a fishing platform it an whole of body and mind experience to use. You do need a trailer if your by yourself as its around 55kg fully kitted.
Overall an hopefully unemotional 9/10

After having spent several months researching kayaks, it has been my privilege…

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After having spent several months researching kayaks, it has been my privilege to own the Pro Angler 12.
I fish a lake in Northern Alberta called Wabamun. Indian for "mirror". This lake is a world class fishery. Monster pike, that of 5 feet and 40 pounds have been caught. Three feet plus and 20 pounds, very common. A home for the "gators" of Alberta.

This kayak is amazingly stable in winds of 40 km plus. Great storage for every weather and fishing need. I have a 2013 model with the turbo fins. You should be 6 feet tall to use the Mirage system with ease. Easy to load and unload in the back of my pick up. One final note, I have caught trophy pike with this kayak with ease and confidence.

A reason why they are expensive is because they are worth every dollar. Ordering a sail for this up coming summer. Thank you Hobie !!

Traded in my Hobbie Outback for the roomier heavier Pro Angler. I…

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Traded in my Hobbie Outback for the roomier heavier Pro Angler. I have mixed feelings about it. Number 1 it is heavy....very heavy. It is sluggish when doing hard fast turns..just doesn't happen.

If you are under six feet tall this kayak is not for you. The seat is spaced too far from the pedals.
The pedal linkage doesn't feel snug. Sometimes the linkage locks on the pedal drive fail to hold the drive shaft. Also, if a large wave or boat wake is coming at you it is sometimes difficult to get the yak to respond in time. I have been swamped three times so far.

It is roomy, the seat is somewhat comfortable and I like the side rails

My husband and I bought Pro Angler yaks 4 months ago. We…

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My husband and I bought Pro Angler yaks 4 months ago. We have saltwater fished every weekend since purchase. Tons of room! Yak has built in ice chest, 4 rod storage, hidden tackle boxes and most comfy seat ever. The H bar is another major plus.

I can stand and fish even when wind is kicking. We also have the micro power pole. I can anchor and cast in seconds.

I can honestly say this is the best purchase we ever made!!

First off, I own a Mirage Sport, Mirage Outback, and my last…

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First off, I own a Mirage Sport, Mirage Outback, and my last purchase the Mirage Pro Angler 12. this to qualify my responce to JBM comments [2012-08-31 post] on the Mirage drive system. Once I figured out the quirks of putting the drive in correctly I have had no problems. This is my fault, didn't read the directions. I have been using a Hobie in the Yatch Harbor & ocean for 3 years, and the drive systems have held out flawlessy. I got out every day for a few hours. So I suppose JBM either works for a competing Kayak Co. or he didn't read the directions like me.

My only suggestions for Hobie concerning the Pro Angler 12 are:

  • Seat has no second adjustment for moving seat forward. This means you need to be 6ft tall to get the best comfort for pedaling.
  • Near impossible to disconnect paddle behind you. That problem is solved by using the 1/2 ore with adaptor provided & slip it up front.
  • No easy access to putting your pole forward of the seat. I build things so it was easy for me to customize my Pro Angler 12.
Even with my suggestions, I give Hobie Mirage systems a solid 10!

A friend of mine purchased a Pro Angler 12 from Lancaster County…

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A friend of mine purchased a Pro Angler 12 from Lancaster County Marine about 2 months ago. Just recently I had a chance to test it out...I was a skeptic at first that the mirage drive was going to really perform the way its advertised...NOT ANYMORE! Hobie really has a fantastic concept!

My buddy fishes just about every week in his Pro Angler 12 and raves about how many fish he catches and the places he can get into. All I can say is that I'm now a believer in the Hobies and my friend is 100% satisfied with his purchase. If you are looking for a very comfortable fishing kayak that is very stable, the Pro Angler 12 is the boat! Check out this great video that he showed me.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=bjdk9aHh9j8
Lancaster County Marine definitely knows their boats! Don't hesitate to buy one of these boats, you wont regret it!

Caution mirage drive system is very very fragile and easy to damage…

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Caution mirage drive system is very very fragile and easy to damage